Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2-hour Introductory Lecture
Seminars / Tutorials 5 x 1 hours (online)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment An online learning log  30%
Semester Assessment A 1500 word coursework essay  70%
Supplementary Assessment Re-submission of failed element (online learning log)  30%
Supplementary Assessment Re-submission of failed element (coursework essay)  70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal issues associated with gaining a presence, transacting and performing commercial activity on the Internet;
2. Critically evaluate a range of regulatory approaches employed in the regulation of electronic commerce;
3. Evaluate the risks posed to intellectual property rights by online activity and critically assess the legal responses to those risks;
4. Formulate coherent arguments as to how and when contracts are entered into online and strategies for limiting risk and liability;
5. Demonstrate an understanding of measures applicable to online commerce which provide consumers with high levels of protection and evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of the same;
6. Critically assess the alternative methods of dispute resolution employed in the online environment.


The module has five units:
  • Online Presence and Intellectual Property Issues
  • Online Contracting and Liability
  • Dealing with Consumers 1: Transactional Issues
  • Dealing with Consumers 2: Interface Enhancement
  • Dispute Resolution

Brief description

The module examines in-depth, key legal issues associated with commercial activity on the Internet. Students will engage with contentious legal challenges associated with the fastest growing area of commercial activity. The module begins with an examination of some of the legal issues associated with having an online presence, proceeds through transactional legal issues and concludes with dispute resolution. In this way, students travel the course of commercial activity from start to finish.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication The Wikis, Discussion Board and Learning Log will develop written communication skills.
Improving own Learning and Performance The Learning Log will require reflection and self-assessment of the student's own learning.
Information Technology E-Learning Log Web access to module.
Personal Development and Career planning The module will develop employability-enhancing IT and written communication skills.
Problem solving Seminars will consist of scenarios requiring the application of the legal principles studied. The essay will also contain elements requiring application and problem solving.
Research skills The essay and contributions to the Wiki's will require the student to undertake independent research of a topic.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work The Wiki requires a group approach to contribution and development.


This module is at CQFW Level 6